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The Calcutta Cookbook [Paperback]

Meenakshi Das Gupta , Bunny Gupta , Jaya Chaliha
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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books India (14 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140469729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140469721
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Calcutta Cookbook is much more than a cookery book--it is a culinary chronicle of travellers and traders who built the city that Job Charnock founded. Calcutta 's chronicle began on a hot, wet August afternoon in 1690 when a hungry Charnock climbed off his ship on to the steps of a muddy ghat. The river was Hooghly and the place Sutanati...The story of Calcutta is told by three food lovers--the late gourmet chef and author of Bangla Ranna, Minakshi Das Gupta, and feature writers Bunny Gupta and Jaya Chaliah--who have collected recipes from all over the world. Many of these are family secrets of Calcuttans who have recreated Armenian, Jewish, Arabian, European, Chinese and Tibetan dishes with distinct Calcutta flavour. Through over two hundred tried and tested recipes ranging from the delicious Bengali Chingri Maacher Malai Curry to the biryani and kebabs of Kabul, and the Temperado, Vindaloo and Sorpotel of Goa, Calcutta unfolds as a gourmet's paradise.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read 7 Oct 2009
By SB
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Definitely more than a cookbook, it's a potted history of the influences on Bangali cooking. The recipes I have tried worked out fine and tasted like the cuisine I have tasted at my aunts' homes. I'd recommend this to anyone interested in Bengali dishes and cultural background.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great cookbook 20 Dec 2012
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Great for pre visit cooking to discover the magic of good food in India. The recipies look exciting and easy. Will be trying a lot of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review 27 Feb 2014
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Great little book. I'm anglo-indian and have found many dishes I never had a receipe for and that are not included in other Indian cook books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure trove of Calcutta recipes 3 Feb 2013
By kd - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm originally from Calcutta and this book brought back a lot of my childhood memories. Excellent collection of recipes. Note that these are not just Bengali recipes, but recipes of foods that one finds all over Calcutta, such as Tibetan, Anglo-Indian, Muslim/Mughal, Chinese, Bengali, as well as general/ cosmopolitan foods. In addition they also have recipes for Calcutta street foods. If you're from Calcutta and want to recreate the foods of your childhood, this is about as authentic as it gets.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books on Calcutta cooking 13 April 2012
By bigjala - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of those rare books that is an enchanting read. The recipes are authentic and in most of the cases captures the essential cooking style of Calcutta, that is slowly losing it's identity among the broad division of North Indian Cooking and South Indian Cooking. Calcutta recipes are different influenced from Parsis to the Malay. Very happy to own this one and would suggest anyone remotely interested in cooking to get it. The recipes are simple and the the book is well written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars for Calcuttophiles and Benglaphiles 12 Oct 2010
By Nancy Kaufmann - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a timeless cookbook for those who have long since moved beyond Sag Paneer and Samosas. I've always believed we cannot remove any food from its culture, and I found kindred spirit in the Calcutta Cook Book. I had a hard time deciding whether to shelve it with my cookbooks or on my shelf on India, finally deciding on the latter. Practical and altogether usable recipes abound nevertheless.

The cookbook could be due, I suppose, for some updating, but this might compromise its deep cultural connections in favour of the tastes of transplants from the West. These days we've become used to beautiful photography. This cookbook has none and I didn't miss it at all.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it 27 Jan 2014
By ami tukun - Published on Amazon.com
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Great home-style recipes along with street foods and different ethnic cuisines popular in Calcutta. I'm yet to try any of the dishes because of how busy I am but I went through it cover to cover in very little time. Great compilation.
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